Cheap food is an illusion. Producers often maintain their low prices by using practices that externalize costs normally factored into the price of food. The result? Our food system is opaque; it prevents consumers from understanding how their food system works and why their cheap food isn’t really cheap.

New Food Systems address the full social and environmental impact of the myriad external costs created in producing the goods on your supermarket shelf. They create a decentralized, integrated, network of regional food systems whose benefits include simplicity of transaction, transparency of information, and equality between those involved.

The Food List

“(Farm workers) are involved in the planting and cultivation and the harvesting... Read more
“When applied to our food system, the concept of sustainability depends on who... Read more


"The CSA is direct marketing at its most eloquent. Consumers not only buy right... Read more
"Knowing your farmer sounds like fun. You might even get to pet a goat or feed... Read more
The first casualty in the centralization of any food system is local processing... Read more
"Regional food hubs make local food movements a reality; by rebuilding local... Read more
While still works in progress, direct trade and fair trade help humanize the... Read more
Since the end of World War II, we’ve witnessed the consolidation of nearly... Read more
China is turning towards aquaculture to produce up to 60 percent of the country... Read more
Consumers who want to shift their buying habits to foods that are sustainably... Read more
While there are many types of agriculture, consumers mainly see two: organic... Read more
As you will learn in this week’s Food List, it’s important we search for plant-... Read more
Did you know nearly one third of all the seafood we purchase from the grocery... Read more
Your local supermarket sells more stories than your local bookstore. And just... Read more

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